Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by ma5tr, Oct 12, 2005.

  1. ma5tr

    ma5tr LawnSite Member
    from toronto
    Messages: 103

    hello all,
    i am searching for a excavator.

    We are looking at 3 ton machine. We have so far tested a cat 303.5 and a volvo ec30. the volvo out performed the cat in all aspects even though it was rated as a 3 ton compared to 3.5. We are looking at:

    1. volvo

    any comment would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Messages: 1,892

    What's your timeframe, and are you restricting yourself to a compact radius? Do you run attachments?
  3. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 837

    The Kubota KX-91 may be worth a look.
  4. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    So you're looking for used equipment then? I'm assuming because the 303.5 isn't produced anymore. We have a 303CR and even though we bought it earlier this year I don't know where we would have been without it this summer, it worked ALOT. The pre-2002 models, or the ".5's" are excellent machines as well. I actually really liked the 304.5, I had one with 800 hrs. on demo for about a week stacking a wall and it was a very stout machine. Volvo makes a superb machine I'm told, but I guess they're kind of on the pricey side of things. Kubota I liked, the ergonomics weren't as good as Cat and up here the price for a Kubota was the same as a Cat with about half the dealer support, so the choice was obvious for us. My biggest gripe about Kubota is the travel pedals, they're a joke. As far as JCB, I don't think I've ever seen a JCB in person, so I can't really give an honest opinion. Takeuchi, Yanmar, and Bobcat are a couple other options, all are well designed machines.
  5. ma5tr

    ma5tr LawnSite Member
    from toronto
    Messages: 103

    thank you for the response,
    our time frame is 2 weeks, we wont run attachments, with exception to a thumb (skid steer will handle majority of that) and we wanted to stay with a compact radius.
    we wont go cat, we bought a 232b this year and we ran it for a month f and about 90hrs. Than it went in because it was making a noise, and we still don't have it back. They are working with engineers in the states, but nothing yet.

    we really like the volvo, but it is pricey. Thats why I ask about the JCB.
  6. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Messages: 1,892

    I'm a little hesitant about JCB... although they're likely good machines, I'm a little leery of their support in North America. They haven't had phenomenal compact equipment sales here, and I'm not sure if you do have a problem, how long you may be out of service. Then again, that's really a local issue, and you'll have to decide for yourself whether your dealer is on top of things or not.

    Volvo should be a good, solid machine; perhaps see if your dealer can't give you some concessions if you mention you are learning toward, say, Cat.

    Bobcat ZHS machines are okay, but I haven't heard much about them, either. I think they're pretty slick, maybe a little light on the lifting, but a great idea.

    Finally, I would suggest Cat again, and I'm sorry to hear that you had a few bad experiences with it. In many cases, I think Cat produces the best overall product -- maybe not in every single category, but overall, it's a tough machine to beat. Price is another story.
  7. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    A friend of mine has a JCB backhoe...Its a workhorse. He has no complaints.
  8. thepawnshop

    thepawnshop LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    Demo the JD 35D...awesome machine. I bought one earlier this year and have been incredibly impressed. I seriously doubt you would regret going with one of these.
  9. allaccesslandscaping

    allaccesslandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    Try the mustang 3303 Its rated @ 6500 lbs .. A lot of power and break out force. I look @ komusta ,bobcat,cat,. Iamnot abig mustang fan. But i really was impress with its performance. I got it for 41000. with the 12 18 24 and thumb. Put 10k down monthly payment about 520 for 60 months @ 3.5% intrest. Iam in the bay area in califorina..
  10. Planet Landscaping

    Planet Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    For 41k U can get a 10000 lb Kubota 121-3, Mustang doesnt look like a good value next to the Kubota.

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